Q: My husband has type 2 diabetes and snores loudly. Should we be concerned about his snoring?
A: Your husband may have sleep apnea, which is linked to type 2 diabetes. Sleep apnea causes a person's airway to collapse during sleep, cutting off airflow for 10 seconds or more.
Loud snoring is the hallmark symptom of sleep apnea. Other symptoms include tiredness, dozing off during the day, and memory problems. Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and increased blood sugar levels.
To screen for sleep apnea, doctors may order a sleep study, which measures airflow, blood oxygen level, brainwaves, and muscle activity, among other things. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP, pronounced see-pap) is one treatment for sleep apnea.
A light, flexible face mask or a small nasal pillow delivers air with just enough pressure to keep the airway from closing during sleep. Studies show that 4 hours of CPAP per night significantly improves blood sugar for people with diabetes.
Sleep Apnea Answers
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Virginia Zamudio Lange is an R.N., M.S.N, and CDE.